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Sexual Harassment Training in the Workplace

Discussing nuanced situations, getting feedback, picking a good format and outlining the proper reactions can help educate workers on sexual harassment. According to National Public Radio, 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced sexual harassment. Additionally, a CNBC survey reported that 20% of American adults have experienced sexual harassment at the workplace. Employers […]

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Employment Disputes are on the Rise. The Results? More Resolution. The Reason? Mediation.

Unfortunately, conflict at the workplace has always been and will always be. Fortunately, over the past twenty years, employment law has progressed in efficiency and availability to help protect employees and employers. Today, employment conflict can find resolution outside of the courtroom by means of mediation, a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that creates […]

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Supreme Court Curtails Employees’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court in a pro-employer pronouncement upheld arbitration clauses in employment contracts. The question of whether a signed employment contract that contains an arbitration clause – a clause in which the parties agree to resolve legal disputes only through private, individual arbitration – can prevent an employee from joining with other employees in […]

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Age discrimination in the workplace

Discrimination against older workers persists across America. Longer life spans are increasingly pushing our aging population to delay retirement. Growing societal emphasis on personal fulfillment and the need for bigger pools of retirement funds result from these longer life spans, kindling a desire in some to stay busy and engaged throughout their later years. While […]

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Supreme Court Narrows Definition of Whistleblower under Dodd-Frank

The Supreme Court has ruled the Dodd-Frank Act only covers whistleblowers who report to the SEC. On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Paul Somers (“Digital Reality Trust”) that the definition of a “whistleblower” under the Dodd-Frank Act is limited to those who report securities […]

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The Legal Grey Area Surrounding Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

This article looks at what ICOs are and why the SEC is leaning towards viewing them as securities. Michael Major Initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) are similar to initial public offerings (“IPOs”) in that they are a type of fundraising campaign in which investors buy into a new venture. In contrast to IPOs, however, ICO investors […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Michael Major Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for […]

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Employment laws for minors in Connecticut

Michael Major Teenagers make up close to ten percent of the approximately 320 million U.S. residents. For these millions of potential workers, understanding how federal and state-specific employment law applies to minors is important. Here, we discuss some of Connecticut employment laws that are specific to minors. (1) Minimum wage In Connecticut, the minimum wage […]

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When is it a Joke, and When is it Harassment?

Office banter in Connecticut could quickly verge on inappropriate, and people be able to recognize when it is actually a form of harassment. Employees often form close ties with each other. In Connecticut, many businesses encourage positive, appropriate working relationships among staff, as it keeps office morale high and could even result in better job […]

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Connecticut the latest state to ‘ban the box’ on job applications

This article looks at how Connecticut recently banned questions about criminal records on job applications. Having a criminal record can create a significant barrier to obtaining employment. There are an estimated 70 million adults in the United States who have been previously arrested or convicted, many of whom struggle to find employment despite being qualified. […]